Adam Cork (left) and
Robert Kaplowitz won
Best Sound Design
Tony Awards for Red
and Fela!, respectively.
By Clive Young.
New York, NY (June 14, 2010)—The 64th Annual Tony Awards, held Sunday night, saw Adam Cork and Robert Kaplowitz win Best Sound Design of a Play and Musical, respectively.
Adam Cork won Best Sound Design of a Play for his work on Red. He was also nominated in the same category this year for his sound design of Enron as well as for Best Original Score for Enron. He was nominated in 2008 for his sound design of Macbeth.
Red won six of the seven awards it was nominated for–Best Play; Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play; Best Direction of a Play; Best Scenic Design of a Play; Best Lighting Design of a Play; and Cork’s win.
Meanwhile, Robert Kaplowitz took home Best Sound Design of a Musical for Fela! This was Kaplowitz’s first Tony nomination; he also created the sound design for An Almost Holy Picture (2002).
Fela! won three of the 11 awards it was nominated for–Best Choreography; Best Costume Design of a Musical; and Kaplowitz’s win.
While Green Day’s heavily-hyped American Idiot won two of its three nominations (Best Scenic Design of a Musical; Best Lighting Design of a Musical), it missed the brass ring of Best Musical. Nonetheless, the winner of that category did have a rock pedigree; Memphis, which won four of its eight nominations (Best Musical; Best Book of a Musical; Best Original Score Written for the Theatre; Best Orchestrations), has a musical score written by David Bryan, keyboardist/founding member of Bon Jovi.
The Tony Awards, hosted by Sean Hayes, were broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, and were presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement.